The twin-peaked Boca de la Pesca (“the fish’s mouth”) is a tiny mountain in comparison with those around it, but from the top there are commanding views of the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada, Trevenque, the Dilar valley and the city of Granada down on the plain below. This walk is best in the late afternoon when the light is softer and you have more chance of some shade on the short but fairly steep climb.
Level This is an easy to moderate walk, which involves a couple of quite steep, but short climbs.
When to go Possible all year round, but harder going in the heat of the summer. Bear in mind that in winter there may occasionally be snow at this altitude.
Water None available on the route.
Location: NW Sierra Nevada, Fuente del Hervidero The route starts near Fuente del Hervidero, a traditional country restaurant on the edge of the Sierra Nevada Natural Park, accessed from La Zubia. You can either start at the restaurant or at another car park beside the trailhead – see transport section below for more details.
By Car: From Granada, take the La Zubia exit from the southern ring road (Ronda Sur). When you reach La Zubia go straight on at the traffic lights then take a left signposted to Cumbres Verdes (you cannot turn left directly, so continue up to the roundabout, do a u-turn and then turn right). Then follow signs to Cumbres Verdes. You soon enter the Sierra Nevada Natural Park, and, after a few kilometres, pass Cumbres Verdes on your right. The road then turns into a dirt track. Follow this for 1.5km until you reach Fuente del Hervidero. Carry on 1km to another car park at the trailhead, but bear in mind that this stretch of road is often in poor condition. If you prefer, you can park at Fuente del Hervidero and walk the last part to the start of the walk.
By bus: There is no bus service to Fuente del Hervidero. On weekends there are two buses a day to Cumbres Verdes (service 275), from where you need to walk 1.5km up a dirt road to Fuente del Hervidero. Click here for more details and a link to current bus timetables.